A transitional day for life

posted by Jeff | Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 3:14 AM | comments: 2

I've been beating myself up over the last two days because I felt like I should be making some strides toward, I dunno, something, in terms of getting some work done that I always blamed on my day job for not getting done. And as Diana rightly points out, between my birthday, the holiday and being sick, it's not like I don't have excuses.

The nasty cough is still with me, and it's starting to piss me off. But to balance that out I spent quality time in the hot tub, especially in the afternoon, in the sun. That was the best. Sure it was hot out, but I've had the water down at 98, and when there's a good breeze, the spray hits you in the face. It's very tranquil.

I managed to sit down and write code for probably five hours today, which is pretty awesome. That's probably more than I've ever done in a typical day job, what with the meetings, interruptions and barrage of unimportant e-mail. I've been writing an ASP.NET AJAX component in the most generic way possible to work like the tokenized list/auto-complete thing in Facebook's messaging "to" field. Their implementation was incredibly convoluted, so I just went from scratch. It's probably the most involved Javascript anything I've done, but I figured it out tonight. The meat of it is probably a hundred lines of meaningful script, which is pretty good considering it's very customizable, and not bound to any particular data source. It'll work with any PageMethod on an ASP.NET page, and all of the CSS-ness is declared in markup. I'm very pleased.

This was the kind of stuff I was really trying to be the guru for at work, in part because I have a lot of personal use for it. Once you get an appreciation for how the framework wants you to work, it's pretty smooth sailing. Microsoft did a nice job with this framework.

I also spent probably another hour on news posting and searching, which is good because I've been slacking. Also tried to catch up on some of the more interesting forum topics. We've had some decent discussions out there.

Today was probably the first day I really looked hard at my expenses and income, and gosh, I could coast right into October if I wanted to. Of course, that ignores travel requirements, and I can assure you I'm not sitting around all damn summer.

The cats seem to be thrilled that I'm hanging out. They're all coming by for love, and there are usually at least two nearby until Diana gets home. I'm glad that they're generally at ease here. Cosmo is showing signs of accepting them too, and I think she's viewed rightfully as the queen of the pride. Now if only she'd let Oliver cuddle up to her.

We got out of the house and had dinner at the Winking Lizard, which was mediocre due to the crowd and the service. Meh. I'm not hugely complaining, I just really wanted to get out of the house.

Another lunch with a recruiter tomorrow. And since it's Macaroni Grill, that probably means dinner too!


draegs, July 9, 2008, 10:02 PM #

Macaroni Grill = create your own pasta bowl goodness

Jeanine and I just went there on Saturday.

Jeff, July 9, 2008, 11:20 PM #

Sadly, the dude rescheduled.

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